Monday, August 25, 2014

My First Taste of the Baseball Wife Life - Helena trip recap

Hi friends, I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year! I don't have classes today, so technically my first day is tomorrow- but I am loving everyone's back to school pictures.

It's been a hot minute since I've posted, and the reason is because I spent all of last week in Helena visiting Cy! It was such a great trip, spending two months apart is brutal. Last summer we were apart for 91 days while he played summer ball in Massachusetts but somehow this summer was even harder! Doing the "engaged things" apart has been pretty tough on me emotionally, I won't lie! This week was what both of us needed- time to relax and enjoy being together after a crazy busy summer.

I arrived late Saturday night, just in time for Cy to pick me up at the airport after his game ended. We went to eat and were beyond excited to be holding hands- I'm sure we looked super cheesy but who cares!

Sunday Cy's team played an early afternoon game at home, the weather was gorgeous! After the game we went to darling downtown Helena for dinner and ice cream. We ate at Fusion Grill, it was delicious! I had chicken florentine and Cy had chicken marsala. We walked a couple blocks down to the carousel ice cream shop, and you better believe we rode that carousel! I am thankful that Cy will do silly things with me, we have a fun life together.

Monday was an evening game, I dropped Cy at the field around 1 and then went back to the hotel and took a NAP! For those of you who don't know, I am a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, and as it would happen, my Senior Director lives in Helena! She had an event Monday night that I got to go to before Cy's game, it was so fun! At the game, It was Cy's day to sit in the stands and did stats, so I got to sit with him- it was the first time we have ever watched a baseball game together, crazy!

Tuesday we had a glorious OFF DAY! We had a delicious breakfast at Steve's Cafe, and then headed to Missoula. The 2 hour drive was gorgeous, I cannot say enough about how beautiful Montana is. When we arrived in Missoula we went straight to Cabela's to check out their gun selection. We love going to Cabela's! After that, we went to the AT&T store to have our phone contracts transferred over into our own account… We are really feeling like grown ups now. And Cy finally came out of the dark ages and got an iPhone, who would have thought!! ;) We ended our time in Missoula with a late lunch at Mckenzie River Pizza Co. and headed back to Helena for the evening.

I had the California Benedict- it was amazing x5

Wednesday and Thursday the team played in Great Falls, about 1.5 hours away, so I hopped in the truck and made the trip. Wednesday's game got rained out in the 3rd inning and I got completely soaked running out to the truck. Thursday it drizzled a bit but they played the whole game! My sweet friend Ashlyn's boyfriend plays for Great Falls (White Sox affiliate) so I got to chat with him during the game which was super fun!

Friday was another slightly drizzly and definitely chilly day in Helena, and being the dramatic female I am, I found that to be a perfect reflection of my feelings about leaving the next morning. Just kidding I wasn't too pouty, we enjoyed our last day together and had dinner at Perkins after the game. Saturday morning my flight left at 6am, so that was brutal. But somehow I held it together and didn't cry at the airport!

The good news is, Cy will be home on September 7th, so we are in the home stretch!

All in all, it was a wonderful trip. A week of baseball schedule (late nights, late mornings) really has thrown me off, but thankfully I don't have early morning classes haha! I loved being able to experience a little bit of baseball life with Cy, and I am so excited for what lies ahead of us. It is amazing that God has blessed Cy with a career that will allow us to travel and see so many different places together, and I can't wait!

Until next time,

PS 73 days until the wedding!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wedding Wednesday, Part 2: It's in the details

Life update: On the 26th, I moved into me and Cy's apartment! It's weird living alone for the first time EVER, so I am definitely excited for the wedding to be here so Cy can move in. Last Friday I finished up my online summer classes (praise the Lord!), and picked my mom up at the airport! She is here for a week helping me settle into the apartment and do wedding things, it's so great to have her here! So far, we have painted the bedroom, put together the dining set, and bought some of the home essentials. It's definitely feeling unfinished right now, but I have three months to make it feel like a home before the cutie pie himself moves in!

In some not so exciting news, Cy's team is on a road trip right now, and last night when they arrived to the field they found that their locker room had been broken into. Womp womp.  Both of Cy's gloves were stolen (one of which he got less than a week ago) along with many other guys gloves and sunglasses and whatnot. The team filed a police report, so hopefully some of the gloves are found or something, I'll report back if there's any updates. Baseball gloves are VERY expensive and VERY crucial for the players, so it is really tough that they will have to share until they can get new gloves, and then somehow get new gloves broken in and comfortable to use while playing. But as Cy said, "There's nothing we can do about it now, no need to waste time being angry, just gotta keep going." 


Now to the original subject of this post, WEDDING WEDNESDAY!

I have always been great with big ideas and overall goals and plans, but details are not my thing. (I took an aptitude test and the results said I would be a great CEO, score.)  So when I started wedding planning, it was a breeze to get the big "necessary for a wedding to happen" things like venues, dress, photographer, stationery, menu, and color scheme nailed down really fast. In fact, I had several of those things done before we were actually engaged…… oops ;)

But now I have arrived in the land of details- a terrain I rarely dare to venture into, as I can usually delegate that stuff to people who actually enjoy it. 

Luckily, I have some people in my life who are very organized and have been incredibly helpful in reminding me of details and helping me take my overall vision and zoom in on specific things that need to be planned (I'm looking at you, Jen and Amy!) Since my overall vision for the wedding is very simple and elegant, it is for sure easier to keep all of the details simple as well. It's just a bit of a brain workout for me to be thinking of so many little details at once. 

One thing that I'm currently stuck on is how to do the altar for the ceremony. The church we are getting married in is very old and filled with gorgeous stained glass windows, so I want to let that beauty speak for itself and not try to have other decor compete much. There is a beautiful stained glass window above the baptismal area, so I'd love to keep things simple so that can be accented as opposed to using an arch that could be distracting. We will have a little table for the unity ceremony, so I am leaning towards just having lots of florals throughout and keeping the details very minimal and clean looking. 

One thing that has been AWESOME is our premarital counseling! We have finished the 2 books we were assigned (The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn, and This Momentary Marriage by John Piper) and are now getting into doing the assignments and will start the actual discussion sessions when Cy is back in town. These are details that I love keeping up with! Cy and I both realize that marriage isn't some magical world where everything is perfect- it will be difficult sometimes! So we love that we going through a pretty rigorous premarital counseling course that is helping us prepare for everything that lies ahead and building a solid foundation for a lifelong marriage. 

So all in all, I am currently living in a world of centerpieces, specific decor for specific things, and accent pieces. I have had a few "Wow, this is really overwhelming" moments, but no major stress or breakdowns thus far. After all, even if the details aren't 100% perfect and the most fabulous of all time, I will still be marrying Cy, and that's what matters! 

Married friends- Do you have any details that snuck up on your at the last minute in your wedding planning? Leave me a comment!

Until next time,